Farrier-Twist Races to First Win
Michael Farrier-Twist (Sedlescombe GC) became a first-time winner on the Jamega Pro Golf Tour with a stunning display of golf at Royal Ascot where he finished with a total of 11 under par to win by 2 shots from Marco Penge.
Scoring on the first day of The Royal Ascot Cup was, to say the least, extraordinary, with Farrier-Twist cantering round the par 70 layout in a 7 under par 63 to head a quality field by but a single shot.
Louis Hirst (Banstead Down GC) was his closest pursuer on 6 under par and he in turn was one ahead of Gregory Davies (Imagine Cruising), Marco Penge, former Amateur Champion, Scott Gregory and yet another very talented Korean player, Matthew Choi.
With some 43 players on par or better the second half of the race was sure to be decided in the last furlong with a possible photo finish on the cards.
On the second day several players improved their position on the leader board with some excellent scoring and notable amongst these was George Henderson who added a 6 under par 64 to his first round 69 to take the clubhouse lead at 7 under the card.
Almost immediately, Henderson was joined on 7 under by recent winner, Dale Whitnell who came up on the rails to also return a superb 6 under par 64.
Jon Christey (HK28), made it a trio of players at the top of the leader board but with five more groups to come in it would be a nail biting wait to see if their total would be good enough for, at least a play-off place.
One by one players failed to overtake the leading trio until, in the penultimate group, Marco Penge set a new clubhouse target of 9 under par by adding a solid 4 under par 66 to his first round 65.
Penge’s hopes of a first win were snatched from his grasp by the first-round leader, Farrier Twist, who played a controlled round of golf to post a 4 under par 66 for a winning total of 11 under par.
So, was it a Twist of fate that a Farrier should win at Royal Ascot?
Royal Ascot was in superb condition, as the scoring indicates, and the course was appreciated by all the players in this high-class field, as was the hospitality shown in the clubhouse and the enthusiasm of the members.
Next week we head off to Hamptworth, for the penultimate tournament of the season and there is still a very real chance to scoop up the FREE Jamega starts that are on offer in the “Mini Order of Merit" running for the last four events.